Facebook Donates $250,000 to UAB Cybercrime Researchers

    October 22, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, and in light of that Facebook has just made a sizable donation to one of the country’s best cybercrime research programs.

Facebook has donated $250,000 to The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research, location at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. That’s CIA|JFR at UAB, for short.

CIA|JFR is a “multidisciplinary research center with a broad focus on Information Assurance, and how our modern connected society impacts that information.” They first focus on research and development, and then use those tools in outreach to law enforcement, governmental agencies, and companies (like Facebook). They say that they are working to “ensure a safer, more productive world for citizens of the 21st century.”

According to Facebook, the donation was partly inspired by the program’s work in helping to track the criminals behind social media botnet Koobface, among other spammers and cyber criminals. Apparently, the money is “recovered” money, coming from various spammers around the globe.

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The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has received a $250,000 donation from Facebook in recognition of the center’s role in tracking international criminals behind social-media botnet Koobface as well as other spammers. The donation, which comes from money Facebook has recovered from spammers located around the world, will be used to expand the new CIA|JFR headquarters. Learn more:
Facebook donates recovered money to UAB cybercrime group
The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has received a $250,000 donation from Facebook.

“As a result of numerous collaborations over the years, Facebook recognizes the center as both a partner in fighting Internet abuse, and as a critical player in developing future experts who will become dedicated cybersecurity professionals,” said Joe Sullivan, chief security officer at Facebook. “The center has earned this gift for their successes in fighting cybercrime and because of the need for formal cybersecurity education to better secure everyone’s data across the world.”

According to UAB, the money will be used to expand the CIA|JFR headquarters on the school’s campus. They expect the “Facebook suite” to be ready to go by February of 2013, where it will be unveiled to the world at their second-annual Cyber Summit.

Last week, Facebook also announced a partnership with seven new partners in order to help beef up their Anti-Virus Marketplace.

  • H. Campbell

    Oh, good. Facebook is actually willing to fight crime. I’m glad of that. There’s already too much mischief-making as it is, both in the real world AND in cyberspace. 😀 Please note that I’m NOT being sarcastic this time. Not the way I usually am when high tech is the topic being discussed.

  • AbdulRazeq Ahmed ElShaer

    Fighting crime is to be appreciated much. Yet, while trying to secure facebook, you disturbed a lot of its naiive users through some security tricks that they should follow which made it so difficult for them to cope with your ways. You stopped my account temporarily for a reason that i don’t recognize a fortnight ago. That made me crazy as i used to send important article to some newspapers through it. That forced me to make another account in order to be able to keep in touch with my editors. Again you stopped the other three accounts telling that every user should have only one account. Why didn’t you secure my first account or tell me how to secure it instead og hanging it?